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Message to my generation: Time to move on

I’m going to stick to my 70’s theme. Teddy Pendergrass had a very popular sing during this time. In the chorus of the song, “TKO,” Teddy made the statement: I think I better let it go. This is the message ...

Let’s end veteran homelessness once and for all

At the beginning of June, 85 mayors, governors and county officials from across the country – and across the political spectrum – signed on to the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness. Today, we’re announcing that in the two months ...

The GOP at Captitol Hill: Chaos, control is their goal

Three events occurred in the tight confines of Capitol Hill last week that underscore the Republican Party’s extraordinary institutional decline and its responsibility for Congress fully deserving its “do-nothing” label.

Taxpayers fund corporate tax avoiders, legislative gridlock

Last quarter’s rate of economic growth is good news, especially after the economy stalled, losing momentum in the first quarter of 2014

Lawyers are still needed in the fight for justice

Prior to and during the Civil Rights Movement, Black lawyers were the protectors of our civil rights.

China dominated US-Africa summit

Although the continent of Africa has 54 countries, the nation that received the most attention at last week’s US-Africa Summit in Washington, D.C., was China. That’s because the U.S. is trying to catch up with and surpass the Asian superpower. ...

The mental health crisis in the United States

Our country’s mental health system is in shambles, and many of the most severely ill are being harshly excluded from treatment systems. Many of the most severely ill are destitute or homeless.

Low Black employment in hi-tech Silicon Valley

The nation’s digital technology and social media companies are helping to transform how people throughout the world communicate and do business. In the process, Silicon Valley has become more than a geographical headquarter for digital and social media companies. It’s ...

Migrant children: Innocent victims of the U.S. war on drugs

Bishop Minerva Carcaño, the Los Angeles area resident bishop of the United Methodist Church, is acting with urgency. Along with more than 100 other religious leaders and activists, she was arrested for civil disobedience at the White House for protesting ...

Hip-hop, East Coast swag: LL hasn’t lost his street cred

I had the honor of sitting in on LL Cool J’s private listening session in New York City. He was previewing excerpts from his upcoming release of the G.O.A.T II.

Civil Rights Museum - A must experience

The new Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum – referred to as the Civil Rights Museum by the community – that opened in Atlanta, Georgia, July 1 is a must to experience.

The politics of federal judges

The two conflicting appeals court rulings last week on the legality of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one supporting it and the other rejecting the health law – underscore the nexus between politics and the judiciary. ...

You have the right to remain silent

Whenever the police make an arrest, they are required to provide every citizen with a reading of the Miranda warnings. We are all familiar with this. It starts out with “you have the right to remain silent. Anything said can ...

The tilted scale, the high cost of injustice

What if we didn’t incarcerate people who commit non-violent crimes? Or, if we sentenced them, what if their sentences were reasonable, instead of intolerable?

A Mississippi Freedom Summer pilgrimage

There is a photograph of a back road near Philadelphia, Mississippi, that was the final stop on our step-by-step journey through the final tragic day of Freedom Summer volunteers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. Our guide was Leroy ...